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The Goals for TODAY! Overview of the Admissions Process What are Academic Requirements? The Search to find the right school? Over the River and through the woods to …. . A campus near or far from you The Application What should I be doing now? 9 -11 grade assignments THE NOTE BOOK
The Admissions Process Admissions Requirements Core Rigor Academic Achievement Standardized Tests Extra-Curricular Activities Other
Admissions Requirements Core Area Rigor English Math Lab Science Social Sciences Foreign Language Honors, AP, pre-IB, dual enrollment Core Courses Is it better to get an A in an academic class or a C in an AP/Honors class?
Admissions Requirements Academic Achievement Grades do matter! Grades in core classes … matter even more! Trends in Grades – upward or downward Grades are an excellent indicator for success in college Is it better to get an A in an academic class or a C in an AP class?
Admissions Requirements The Tests … ACT / SAT PSAT [National Merit Scholarship] Take in junior year Take again in senior year SUPER SCORE Some do & Some don’t SAT/ACT scores are the only standardized piece of information in the college admissions process. Very important at some schools, less important at others and not required everywhere.
Admissions Requirements The Essay vs. The Personal Statement Do you stand A P A R T ? I wrote a great essay for my number 1 choice – I’ll just send that to every other school I applied to I like to do all my writing in IM lingo Does anyone really read them – If “OPTIONAL” are they’re a waste of time.
Admissions Requirements The Essay vs. The Personal Statement How do you stand A P The Mc. Essay Are you 2 all beef patties …? The Radish and the FB Couch Eagle Scout vs. OA Chief A R T
Admissions Requirements The Letter of Recommendation Asset Enhancement How many is too many or not enough? How will they be submitted? On-line, HS, you? Will it change the outcome of the decision? Does a letter from a famous or elected person make a difference?
Admissions Requirements Extracurricular Activities – are just that … Extra I’m so involved! I have an amazingly FULL resume! I’m a leader & would love 2 B 1 @ your school! What do they show the colleges you are applying to?
The SEARCH One Size Does NOT fit ALL Attend & label a college fair Size, location and distance from home? Majors available / other academic considerations? Academic calendar of the school? What is the culture of the school? Do students go home on the weekend? What do students do on the weekends? Do Freshman live on campus? Can I have a car? Is there a religious affiliation. . . WHAT is important to you ?
The Campus Visit You could be missing the real deal or getting more than you bargained for The only way to know is for YOU to go … and see for yourself … What’s behind the photographer? Take the OFFICIAL INFORMATION SESSION & OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY TOUR This will be a different experience from the “Official Friends Visit & Tour”. This is the time to ask questions and really get a good look around. What is the campus really like … do YOU see this as YOUR home for the next four years Make a point to see what is important to you & where you will spend your time: Dining halls / Classrooms / Athletic facilities / Dorm rooms / Student union /
The Campus Visit Delete schools as soon as you feel they are not a good fit. Or do they warrant a 2 nd visit [summer visit / big day on campus / holiday breaks] Campus visits should help pare your list down to 5 or less schools. Too many and you’ll pay dearly [application fees/travel costs] Too few may be second guessing what you missed Invest the time and energy before you visit. You will invest 25%. Pro’s & Con’s of every visit … immediately in the
The Application START EARLY How early/late is to early/late? ROTC / Service Academy's CONTACT EACH SCHOOL YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN. The application process for every school is different [in the notebook] HOW WILL YOU APPLY? Early Decision Early Action Regular Decision Rolling Admissions KNOW & MARK DEADLINES ON YOUR CALENDAR well in advance. What is a deadline?
The Application The application process for every school is different, • START EARLY & CONTACT EACH SCHOOL YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN. Create your system … Keep a notebook and make a checklist for each school you are interested in to include: How & where do you apply? [common app or at the university website? ] Create the special “EMAIL ACCOUNT” & CHECK-IT REGULARLY! ALL the required documents [HS Trans, Counselor rec, SSRF, Test Scores] Letters of Recommendation [Who from? Guidance office as Clearing House. On-line? ]
The 9 th Grade BE PROACTIVE ~ BEGIN W/THE END IN MIND MEET your counselor & explore your interests Discuss your class schedule with your counselor Enroll in honors classes if you can succeed in them Remember GRADES COUNT Keep a portfolio … start NOW! College search Activity Resume
The 10 th Grade Plan for the future ~ or you could be in for a bumpy ride Maintain rigorous schedule & upward trending grades Take and practice for PSAT / SAT and/or ACT exams. Take these tests seriously Attend a college fair coming to an arena near you [labels] Meet with your counselor - evaluate post-HS plans Plan your junior year carefully Summer Travel / Tours to a variety of colleges
The 11 th Grade Nose to the Grindstone ~ For Real Recheck your high school courses. Are you on track to meet college requirements for schools of interest If you are planning to participate in college athletics Meet with your counselor to learn more about the NCAA Clearinghouse Athletes should have made contact with college coaches Initiate service academy and ROTC applications Take the SAT/ACT in the spring Students in the music/Fine arts - prepare audition materials Start narrowing your college list based on your personal needs Make a list of possible colleges to attend. Consider criteria that are important to YOU SPRING PREVIEW DAYS / JUNIOR OPEN HOUSES
The 12 th Grade HOLD ON … ITS GOING TO GO BY FAST Male students must register for the Selective Service in order to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Senior year grades COUNT!! No time for Senioritis With EFC + Finaid calculator/website = prelim award Take or retake standardized tests, if necessary Begin applying, the sooner the better. Decide if you want to apply EA / ED / RD Have your parents complete the FAFSA CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT
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